Elk River Books will host a launch party and reading for the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation’s new book, Voices of Yellowstone’s Capstone: A Narrative Atlas of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
Voices “is an exploration of the cultural and natural resources of this arresting landscape, through 28 engaging essays paired with richly illustrated maps. Though this is an atlas complete with maps, it is not a guidebook. Instead, in the way wilderness users explore physical trails on the landscape, readers are invited to explore the intellectual trails … [coming] away understanding not only the importance of designated wilderness and public lands, but the interconnectedness of humans and wild places over time.”
Editors Traute Parrie and Jesse Logan are both long-time veterans of the Forest Service. Logan, a former college professor, is a recognized authority on Greater Yellowstone’s whitebark pine forests, and currently works for Yellowstone Forever as an instructor and backcountry guide. They will be joined in their presentation by contributors including Todd Burritt, Dan Tyers and Scott McMillion.
Author Rick Bass says of the book, “We understand intellectually that landscape shapes individuals, populations, culture. But here is the artistic response [to] that scientific reality. … To identify this landscape as one of the foundational underpinnings of a democracy gone terrifyingly atilt is not to put too fine a point on it.”
The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation is a nonprofit group devoted to supporting stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness through “‘boots-on-the-ground’ experiences — like volunteer trail maintenance projects, citizen/science activities, and educational outreach — that bring everyday citizens more closely in touch with this treasured wilderness.”
The free event begins at 7 p.m. upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston, and will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call 333-2330.